Below is the letter I sent to the officials of Washington and Lee University regarding their cowardly and despicable removal of the Confederate battleflags from the Lee Chapel.
I was frankly appalled to learn that Washington and Lee University determined to remove the Confederate battle flags from the Lee Chapel. It appears to be nothing less than a cowardly capitulation to the whining of half a dozen liberal agitators. I suppose that the injured feelings of those like myself who regard General Lee and our Confederate ancestors with honor count for nothing, because they are not politically correct. In the name of tolerance, you are joining the most hateful, bigoted, and intolerant people in the world, while maligning the large numbers of us who still believe General Lee led the Army of Northern Virginia in a noble cause against the tyrannical usurpations of a tyrannical administration, and that the Southern battle flag is worth honoring.
I strongly recommend that you return these venerable flags to their place of honor, and inform the agitators that if they don’t like them they are welcome to withdraw and attend another university. However, I don’t expect you to listen to me. I have learned long ago that George Orwell was speaking prophetically in Animal Farm when he wrote, "All animals are equal; but some are more equal than others." Apparently white Southerners who honor their Confederate ancestors are officially on the lower rung of equality.
Pastor Samuel Ashwood
Sovereign Grace Church
Re: Removing Flags From Lee Chapel